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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Feb. 8. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Ohio State's Board of Trustees to meet Feb. 9-10

Ohio State's Board of Trustees and its committees will meet Thursday (2/9) and Friday (2/10) at the Longaberger Alumni House. The schedule includes meetings on Thursday (2/9) of the Audit and Compliance and Advancement committees from 12:30-2 p.m.; the Medical Affairs and Physical Environment committees from 2:15-3:45 p.m.; and meetings of the Finance and Academic Affairs and Student Life committees from 4-5:30 p.m. On Friday (2/10), the Agricultural Affairs Committee will meet from 7:30-9 a.m. The formal board meeting begins at 10 a.m.
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Space shuttle commander to speak at John Glenn event

 Ohio State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's historic journey into space at a special dinner on Monday (2/20) at 7 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Guest speaker is Capt. Mark Kelly, commander of space shuttle Endeavour's final mission. Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships and academic programs at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering.

A limited number of tickets for faculty and staff will be offered at a discounted cost of $150 per ticket (limit of two tickets per person.) To purchase, contact the OSU Alumni Association at (800) 762-5646.

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Mood disorder treatment study for children OATS (Omega-3 and Therapy Study). Ohio State is accepting children ages 8-14 for a 12-week study of two nonmedical treatments for depression or bipolar mood disorders. A dietary supplement and psychoeducational psychotherapy are being tested. One-fourth chance of placebo. Diagnostic evaluation provided. All evaluations, treatment, and parking free. Reimbursement for travel/time up to $235. For more details without obligation, contact Kayden Healy at 293-4908 or

OSU Libraries features John Glenn Space Flight Exhibition

University Libraries is highlighting John Glenn's journey into outer space with a free exhibit, "Friendship 7 at 50: An Anniversary Celebration of John Glenn's Historic Space Flight," on display at the Thompson Memorial Library through Monday (4/30). In addition, a free program on the historic flight is being offered on Thursday (2/16) from 4-5 p.m. in the Thompson Library. The exhibit uses manuscripts, photographs and artifacts from the John Glenn Collection.
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2012 Leadership Award applications due Feb. 20. Celebrate over 50 years of outstanding student leadership and involvement by applying, or submitting a nomination, for any of the 12 annual awards for students, advisors, organizations, and programs. Recipients will be recognized on May 11 and published in the annual Leadership and Service Anthology distributed across the university. Don't miss your chance to be part of this historic celebration!
-- > Contact: Melissa Rocco at
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Events this week

Today: Sustainability executive to visit Ohio State

P.J. Simmons, who has worked for more than 15 years as a trusted sustainability analyst, strategist and bridge builder, will deliver "Corporate Sustainability Leadership: Today & Tomorrow" today (2/8) from 7:30-9:18 p.m. in 250 Knowlton Hall. Simmons founded and directed the Wilson Center's Environmental Change & Security Program, the Carnegie Endowment's Managing Global Issues program, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's U.S. in the World program.
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Today: Gehrt to talk raccoons on PBS

Stan Gehrt, associate professor of environment and natural resources and wildlife extension specialist, will answer questions on the PBS Nature program "Raccoon Nation" airing today (2/8) at 8 p.m. on WOSU. Gehrt previously recorded a segment on raccoons getting smarter on the "All Sides with Ann Fisher" show in November 2011.
-- > Contact: 292-2265 or

International Serial Thrillers continues with 'Confessions'

The Foreign Language Center and the Phi Sigma Iota bring you the final installment in the Serial Thriller series of spine chilling international films, "Confessions" ("Kokuhaku") from Japan (2010) on Thursday (2/9) from 8-10 p.m. in 180 Hagerty Hall. This thriller will make sure you would never consider doing anything that might provoke your teacher to exact revenge. Free admission and popcorn; film shown in its original language with English subtitles.
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Kenneth Mills to lecture on Feb. 9

Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto professor, will lecture on "Miraculous Matters: Making Catholic Christian Permanence in the Early Modern Spanish World" on Thursday (2/9) at 4:30 p.m. in 165 Thompson Library. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of History. The event is free and all are welcome.
-- > Contact: Sandra van Kley at

Lecture to explore Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer

On the evening of April 20, 2010, while drilling at the Macondo Prospect, control of the oil well was lost, leading to the largest off-shore oil spill in U.S. history. In the event of a loss of well control, various components of the Blowout Preventer Stack are to seal the well and contain the blowout. This presentation, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday (2/10) in 264 MacQuigg Labs, will describe the investigative process and results that solved the puzzle of Deepwater's Blowout Preventer failure.
-- > Contact: Mark Cooper,, 292-7280
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Feb. 11 concert to honor OSU alumna Ruby Elzy

The work of Ruby Elzy, a young black opera singer from the 1930s who overcame tremendous challenges to become a successful stage and screen presence and the pioneering voice of Serena in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, will be featured when the Ohio State School of Music and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion bring "The Ruby Elzy Story" to the historic Lincoln Theatre on Saturday (2/11) for United Black World Month. The fact that Elzy's an Ohio State alumna is icing on the cake.
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Upcoming events

Byrd Polar Research Center: Research on Glaciers in Peru

The Center for Latin American Studies is co-sponsoring a presentation with the Byrd Polar Research Center on the latter's research on the state of Peruvian glaciers, on Friday (2/15) at 7 p.m. in 240 Scott Hall. Presenters include Lonnie Thompson, School of Earth Sciences and Bryan Mark, Department of Geography. This event will be streamed live and accessible from the web for free; check after Monday (2/13) for the URL.
-- > Contact: Erika Colijn, or the Byrd Polar Research Center, 292-6531

Feb. 16: Reception for potential OSU students and parents

Do you have a high school sophomore or junior who may consider attending Ohio State? Join Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience on Thursday (2/16) from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Blackwell for a reception for Ohio State employees and their (potential) students. Learn about academic and co-curricular opportunities, scholarships and financial aid, regional campus options, and tuition benefits for faculty and staff. Register at (enter access code OSUJ12.) Space is limited.
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'Precious Knowledge' film screening and discussion

The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO), the Humanities Institute DISCO Working Group, and the DISCO Graduate Student Caucus will present a screening of "Precious Knowledge" on Thursday (2/23) from 4-6:30 p.m. in RPAC meeting rooms 2 and 3. The documentary tells the stories of Latina/o seniors at Tucson High School in Arizona, and the transformative impact of the Mexican American Studies Program in their lives. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow.
-- > Contact: Pranav Jani, or Debra Moddelmog,
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NCURA TV - International Collaborations: Negotiations and Compliance

Negotiations with foreign partners can be complex and involve not only being in compliance with U.S. laws but with the laws of the foreign country. This previously recorded DVD session is intended to help the university research community understand processes and policies that will support international collaborations and the impact of critical compliance responsibilities including providing essential export control and related information. Event is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today (2/8) in 113 Research Administration Building.
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Feb. 17: Learning Through Digital Imaging

Would you like to move toward more interactive in-class activities or assignments in your course? Join the OCIO's Digital Union and Les Tannenbaum of the English Department on Friday (2/17) at 9 a.m. in 060 SEL for an introduction to a digital media assignment that combines images, text, presentation skills, and the potential for group work into a student assignment that is simple and straightforward.
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